A package that costs $3.00 to mail from Texas to upstate New York, costs $987.49 to mail just across the border. Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but those of you that have mailed to the Great White North recently know what I'm talking about.
Of course, that's not keeping me from mailing to the great Captain Canuck, owner and operator of Waxaholic. There are two reasons for this. One, I think he gets short changed on Braves goodies up there in Canada. The second is that he's a really good dude who sends packages like this one.
My affinity for the Washington Senators lands me a fair amount of Walter Johnson cards (nothing vintage of course). This happens despite the fact that Johnson played for the version of the Senators I don't collect. That's fine with me though. My son has started a mini-player collection for Johnson and since we didn't open any Panini Cooperstown packs, this is a new one for me. I think my son has nearly three binder pages full of Johnsons. For some reason, I can't stop typing the word Johnsons. Someone stop me please!
While I may not personally collect Walter Johnson, the Big Train, I do collect The Ryan Express. Any team, any condition.
Cap't Canuck sent me one of these 1954 Bowman Power for Peace cards before. I love these things and it just seemed right to post them on Veteran's Day.
Even if this one isn't a Navy ship.
This is, believe it or not, the U.S. Coast Guard Gutter SASSAFRAS. That's funny to me. Being a submarine sailor, we just referred to all surface ships as TARGETS, whether they belonged to the US Navy or the Russians.
This is one bad-ass card. (Sorry mom!) That's PT 809. I loved PT boats since hearing about JFK being a PT boat sailor and reading about them as a boy.
According to the web, PT 809 had a fairly illustrious service record:
That's pretty cool stuff.
Here's the granddaddy of this trade. Even though Josh isn't a Ranger anymore, I'm not turning down a nice auto/hand towel (or jersey) relic card.
Cap, I'll be getting your return package in the mail this week, rip card included!
Thanks for the great vintage stuff and the auto.
Happy Veteran's Day to all you vets and current service members!